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Month: February, 2013

“The general population doesn’t know what’s happening, and it doesn’t even know that it doesn’t know” – Noam Chomsky

“In subsequent generations those same masses put on a pedestal the people they’ve flogged or executed and pay homage to them” – Dostoyevsky

Poignant glacier calving filmed in Greenland

Poignant glacier calving filmed in Greenland

This exceptional footage challenges its viewers with a trying blend of striking beauty and tragic meaning. This violent destruction perhaps paints more vividly than ever before the extreme danger of our collective actions and yet it is hard not to also revel in its utterly awe-striking beauty.

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC3VTgIPoGU&list=PLuOT7Lu7APzaCNAcHHCJQAAVld3DZu1UC&index=75)

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts” – Bertrand Russell

TED talk: Phil Plait: How to defend the Earth from asteroids

TED talk: Phil Plait: How to defend the Earth from asteroids

This TED talk covers some fascinating facts on historic asteroids and discusses the potential dangers they could yet pose. More interesting still, Phil Plait goes on to describe some of the many creative solutions that have surfaced since the discussion began.

(http://www.ted.com/talks/phil_plait_how_to_defend_earth_from_asteroids.html)

Famous last words

Famous last words

“And so I leave this world, where the heart must either break or turn to lead” – Nicolas-Sebastien Chamfort, his last words before his death in 1794.

An assortment of quite interesting last words spoken or written by some famous names:

(http://www.phrases.org.uk/quotes/last-words/suicide-notes.html)

TED talk: Peter Ward: Earth’s Mass Extinction

TED talk: Peter Ward: Earth’s Mass Extinction

Peter Ward presents the findings of a study that makes for an example to fledgling scientific investigations. The study has followed evidence relentlessly until, at its fruition, a near-complete picture of the area has been painted. This is sometimes accomplished by many different groups working over many decades, but in this case the specific issue demands quickly nothing but complete and irrefutable evidence, an issue at the centre of a denial that is prevalent almost throughout our species – the denial of the rapid destruction of our planet.

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzLCWrPhBLY)